Any project management methodology you follow should have robust monitoring and controlling processes. Apart from using the tip provided in the feature life cycle section, use plotted charts in your work bay. Each plot should illustrate the feature sets in a subject area. By using a color coded scheme, you can easily track feature sets, which are:
- Require attention
These plots ensures each member of the team is aware of the current project status. However, as an Agile project manager, you will be required to give status to other stakeholders, such as the project sponsors. For these stakeholders, create a dashboard that provides information relevant to them. Information, such as current percent of client-value functionality completed and number of features completed, is useful for such stakeholders. The information on this dashboard should directly show how far you’ve progressed in delivering client-value to the stakeholders.
Last, follow the usual practices of project management, such as
creating a risk breakdown structure,
protecting the project against costs, and
managing scope creep.
Understanding feature-driven project management takes a little getting used to because of the unique terminology. However, it is one of the best project management methodologies around. Don’t hesitate to try it out.